159 is all Sunrisers Hyderabad had managed in their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab, at home on Monday night.
In walked Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra to start Punjab’s chase. Amla fell first ball to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Vohra held fort. The 23-year-old from Chandigarh took his time to deflect the onslaught of Warner’s bowling armory but with Punjab at 62/5 after 10 overs, he stepped on the gas. Even as required run rate soared and he kept losing partners at the other end, Vohra seemed unaffected and literally toyed with the Sunrisers attack.
In the end, the equation however was brought down to 18 needed off the last three overs. And then 16 off two. Manan was batting on 95 and finally, Kumar struck again to trap him lbw.
Manan had got his team right to the finish line, but at 145, he had to walk back to the dugout. The 95 off his bat, sprinkled with nine boundaries and five sixes, was Manan’s highest T20 score, but the disappointment on his face was evident. The job had not been done.
Having celebrated his vital wicket though, Sunrisers skipper David Warner and Indian stalkwart Yuvraj Singh both walked up to the young cricketer and congratulated him on his innings.
Kings XI Punjab lost the match by 5 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar being named the man of the match. However, Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell was all praise for Manan at the post match ceremony.
Glenn Maxwell, Captain - KXIPIt was an outstanding game, made by a great innings by Vohra. Unfortunately, he didn’t have help from the rest of us. To play an innings like that in a losing cause is criminal. He’s a superstar. A big score like that was around the corner for him.
Not just his team though, even Twitter was buzzing with wishes for Vohra.
One of the great IPL innings from Manan Vohra ends with one of the best death bowlers, Bhuvaneswar, bowling a top spell— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 17, 2017